The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is a ministry of the Government of India, that is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws relating to road transport, transport research and in also to increase the mobility and efficiency of the road transport system in India. Through its officers of Central Engineering Services (Roads) cadre it is responsible for the development of National Highways of the country. Road transport is a critical infrastructure for economic development of the country. It influences the pace, structure and pattern of development. In India, roads are used to transport over 60 percent of the total goods and 85 percent of the passenger traffic. Hence, development of this sector is of paramount importance for India and accounts for a significant part in the budget.
As many of the regional transport offices are not regularly functioning due to COVID-19 situation, the Govt has given some relaxation to the people whose driving license has expired during this period. Now the old driving license can be used till September 2020. So the people can drive their vehicles up to September 2020 without renewing the old license.
Since 31 May 2019, the Minister for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is Nitin Gadkari.